A day of remembrance begins with a
run/walk to remember
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[September 13, 2021]
On Saturday, the people of Lincoln and Logan County were called to
honor and remember the events of September 11, 2001. At the 20th
anniversary of a horrific act of terrorism against the United
States, several hundred folks turned out at the Logan County
Courthouse to remember the 2,977 lives lost on that day, and to
honor the rescuers who stepped forward.
The morning began with a choice of two activities, a run beginning
at the Logan County Courthouse or a walk starting at the Lincoln
From the courthouse runners and some walkers took out on a 9.11 K
run/walk at 8:30 a.m.
Thirty minutes later another large group left the Lincoln Park
District for a one mile walk. Both events ended at the courthouse.
For the 9.11 K, the route circled westward to Home Avenue and back.
More than 400 first responders including police, fire fighters, FBI
agents, Secret Service Agents and Port Authority Officers lost their
lives that day in 2001. In response on Saturday various first
responders were parked along the streets encouraging the runners.
Also planted in various locations along the way were members of the
Lincoln College Women’s Basketball Team, Lincoln Community High
School National Honor Society, the Lincoln College Kings, LCHS
cheerleaders and others.
Downtown, Lincoln Rural Fire Protection District and the city of
Lincoln Fire Department large ladders trucks were extended and the
LRFPD’s giant flag for runners and walkers to pass under it as they
came to the finish line.
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The sight was reminiscent of the Patriotism Rally on September 14,
2001, which drew close to two thousand members of the community.
The LCHS Cheerleaders cheered as race participants received medals
to commemorate their efforts.
Among the more notable of the runners was Illinois Department of
Veteran Affairs Director Terry Prince. Later in the morning when
Prince addressed a large audience at the 9/11 Memorial Ceremony he
joked that perhaps he should have done the one-mile walk, but he was
excited that he achieved the full 9.11 kilometers still standing.
After that event was finished everyone were encouraged to stay,
observe the 2,977 flags on the courthouse lawn placed by the Young
Conservatives, and join in the special memorial ceremony scheduled
for 9:15 a.m.
There was also an opportunity to view the community art project
completed in memory of 9/11 and the WLCN Cheap Seats sports program
was set up broadcasting from the lawn as well.
The remembrance run and walk were not timed. Participants had the
option to make the entire run or stop along the way if they needed.
The event was organized by the Central Illinois Veteran’s Commission
and the Lincoln Park District.